University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science

Course code/s: LWLSCB Bendigo

Course Details
Location Bendigo Bundoora
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Course Code LWLSCB LWLSC
Available to International Students No Yes
CRICOS 075226F
Course Duration 5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 600

Exchange Opportunity

Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science is a five year combined degree providing an accredited professional qualification in Law as well as a degree in Science. The program offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. You will undertake your first two years of study at the Bendigo Campus and then normally transfer to the equivalent combined degree program at the Melbourne Campus, where you will complete the remainder of your course.

At Bendigo, law lectures in the first eight core subjects are normally provided online,with face-to-face tutorials or seminars. However, students who wish to remain in Bendigo are offered the ability to complete their later year core subjects and a limited number of law electives through blended learning and some face-to-face delivery. Law electives are also available in intensive delivery at Melbourne in summer and winter semesters. The program includes all the compulsory law subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to the legal profession in Victoria and a wide range of law electives, many with a practical skills component, such as Clinical Legal Education, International Advocacy, and Negotiation. Subject to availability, it also includes electives relevant to science such as Intellectual Property Law and Law and Medicine.

You will complete eight core law subjects and eight science subjects over your two years at Bendigo. You will receive full advanced standing for your law subjects upon transfer, but some reduction in advanced standing may be necessary in the case of science subjects to take into account the different content of science subjects at Bendigo and Melbourne. There are differences between the science majors offered at Bendigo and Melbourne. Bendigo offers general majors in Molecular Biology and Physical Sciences that are not available at Melbourne. Students transferring to Melbourne after first year can continue in the following discipline based majors: Agricultural Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics, Mathematics, Physics, Psychological Sciences, and Statistics.

At the Melbourne Campus, you complete the remainder of the core law subjects and undertake law electives as well as completing your science subjects. For further information about law electives, please refer to the entry for the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) in Melbourne. For further general information about the science component of this degree, please consult the information for the Bendigo Bachelor of Science, but note that the specific degree requirements for this combined degree are more restrictive.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

For the Bachelor of Laws Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), please see the entry in this Handbook for Bachelor of Laws LVLUE (Melbourne). For Bachelor of Science CILOs please see the entry for Bachelor of Science SBS in this Handbook.

Admission Requirements

VCE units 3 and 4, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English and a study score of at least 20 in Mathematical methods (either) or Specialist Mathematics.

Course Requirements

You must:

  • complete a total of at least five years full-time study or its equivalent
  • complete in sequence the compulsory law subjects
  • satisfy the requirements of the Bachelor of Science
  • complete a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in law and 240 credit points in science)
  • complete a total of 24 subjects in law (18 compulsory subjects and 6 electives)
  • complete 60 credit points at first year level, 90 credit points at second year level and 90 credit points at third year level in science subjects from Science, Technology and Engineering
  • complete one science major comprising 30 credit points at first year, 30 - 45 credit points at second year and 45 - 60 credit points at third year, depending on the chosen discipline

Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Structure

Most students will complete eight core law subjects and eight science subjects at Bendigo, then complete the remainder of their program at Melbourne from years 3 - 5 of the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science (LWLSC). Prior to transfer, you can also enrol in law electives at the Melbourne Campus in summer and winter semesters and may be able to complete one law clinic placement subject at Bendigo LAW2RRJ.

First Year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM OPTION OPTION
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods First year Science elective1 First year Science elective from chosen Major
Semester 2 LAW1CRL LAW1PPL OPTION OPTION
Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law First year Science elective First year Science elective from chosen Major

Key: 1First year quantitative skills subject

All students must complete a first year quantitative skills subject as part of their Science degree. Most Science majors contain at least 1 quantitative skills subject, however, students undertaking a Biochemistry, Botany, Environmental Geoscience, Genetics, Microbiology or Psychology Major must enrol into 1 additional subject from the list below.

Second Year

Semester 1 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT OPTION OPTION
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Second year Science elective Second year Science elective from chosen Major
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL OPTION OPTION
Contract Law B Principles of Constitutional Law Second year Science elective Second year Science elective from chosen Major (depending on the Major discipline)

Third to Fifth Years

See years three to five in the entry for the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science (LWLSC) degree in Science, Health and Engineering at Melbourne in this Handbook.

Majors

Quantitative Skills Subject

All students must complete a first year quantitative skills subject as part of their Science degree. Most Science majors contain at least 1 quantitative skills subject, however, students undertaking a Biochemistry, Botany, Environmental Geoscience, Genetics, Microbiology or Psychology Major must enrol into 1 additional subject from the list below.

Quantative Skills Subjects
MAT1NLA Number Systems and Linear Algebra (not offered in 2017)
MAT1ICA (S1) Introductory Calculus
PHY1PA Physics A (not offered in 2017)
MAT1DIS (S2) Discrete Mathematics
MAT1PHM Pharmacy Mathematics (not offered in 2017)
STA1CTS Critical Thinking with Statistics (not offered in 2017)
STA1STM (S2) Statistical Methods
PHY1LS Physics for Life Sciences (not offered in 2017)

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Science Majors

For advice on science subjects at Bendigo which should be taken in order to major in a discipline at Melbourne, please consult a course adviser in Science, Health and Engineering, Melbourne. If advice is not sought, you may have to complete additional subjects at Melbourne in order to complete your major (particularly in Biological Sciences or Physics). Students who elect to remain in Bendigo rather than transferring to Melbourne must also seek advice on what science subjects they are permitted to complete at Bendigo towards their chosen science major. Physics for example is available at Melbourne but only as a minor sequence at Bendigo. The following majors are available to be started at Bendigo and completed at Melbourne.

Biochemistry

Biochemestry Subjects
BIO1CO (S1) Biology of Cell and Organism
BIO1OOS (S2) Organs and Organ Systems
CHE1C1A (S1) Chemistry 1A
CHE1C1B (S2) Chemistry 1B

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Chemistry

Chemestry Subjects
CHE1C1A (S1) Chemistry 1A
CHE1C1B (S2) Chemistry 1B

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Computer Science

Computer Science Subjects
CSE1PE (S1) Programming Environment
CSE2WD (S1) Web Development
CSE1OOF (S2) Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals
MAT1DIS (S2) Discrete Mathematics (also highly recommended)

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Genetics

Genetcis Subjects
BIO1CO (S1) Biology of Cell and Organism
BIO1OOS (S2) Organs and Organ Systems

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Mathematics

Mathematics Subjects
MAT1NLA (S1) Number Systems and Linear Algebra
MAT2LIN Linear Algebra (bor offered in 2017)
MAT1CDE (S2) Calculus and Differential Equations
MAT1DIS (S2) Discrete Mathematics (also highly recommended)

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Physics

Physics Subjects
MAT1NLA (S1) Number Systems and Linear Algebra
MAT1CDE (S2) Calculus and Differential Equations

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Psychological Science

Phycological Science Subjects
PSY1EFP (S1) Experimental Foundations of Psychological Science
PSY1CFP (S2) Clinical Foundations of Psychological Science

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Statistics

Statistics Subjects
STA1STM (S2) Statistical Methods

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Key1 = The Molecular Biology Major at Bendigo is not available at Melbourne. As a result, students who transfer to Melbourne may need to take additional first year subjects in Melbourne in order to major in Molecular Biology disciplines such as Biochemistry, Botany, Genetics, Zoology and Microbiology.

Key= For a Major in Psychology please seek additional advice from the School of Psychological Science about professional qualifications in Psychology. The Psychology Major does not lead to professional accreditation without additional study.

Students taking Psychology are now able to complete two subjects towards their major from the following second year Psychology subjects: PSY2COG, PSY2DEV, PSY2ACH and PSY2SOC. In addition, they can also take some Psychology electives if they fit within their degree structure. Note that PSY3HAR, PSY3CNN and PSY3ASD are offered as electives in odd numbered years and PSY3RTP, PSY3NBC and PSY3CCG are offered in even numbered years. Students will not be able to take PSY3NBC unless they have previously completed at least one Biology or Behavioural Neuroscience subject. PSY3PFP (a placement subject with 30 credit points) is offered over the extended summer period each year for eligible students who have completed sufficient credit points and 2nd year Psychology core subjects, and who have been offered a placement following an interview. Please seek advice from the School of Psychological Science.

Elective Law Subjects

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the heading ‘Law Electives’ in this Handbook for LVLGE Bachelor of Laws Graduate Entry (Melbourne). Please see the University's Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2017. Note that Bendigo students can, if they wish, apply to undertake a placement at the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre or another legal organisation for academic credit by enrolling into an elective subject called Rural and Regional Issues in Justice (LAW2RRJ).

Honours

You may be permitted to undertake Honours in the Law program in the final year of your law studies. Normally an average grade of B+ over two full-time years of law study is required. Honours comprises a research component and a compulsory research seminar. Undertaking Honours takes the place of two law electives in the degree. You must complete a 10,000 word thesis on a topic to be approved by the Convenor of Honours. The compulsory research seminar is conducted throughout the year. Students must attend 10 sessions and are required to present a paper on their individual research project.

Students invited to enrol in Honours in Science must complete a further full-time year of study. For further information, please consult the relevant entry for the Bachelor of Science in this Handbook.

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